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The Ghost (1963)

Lo spettro (original title)
R | | Horror | 30 March 1963 (Italy)
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

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(as Robert Hampton)

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(story and screenplay) (as Robert Davidson), (screenplay) (as Robert Hampton)
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Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ...
Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta ...
Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ...
Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet ...
Woman
Carlo Kechler ...
Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ...
Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson ...
Albert Fisher
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A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

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Made during the pseudonym craze of the 1960s, the music score was credited to "Franck Wallace." Italian composers usually registered their pseudonyms with their performing right society, the SIAE, and the identities were listed by Bianco e Nero and the Monthly Film Bulletin who both reported that Wallace was Franco Mannino. However, some reference sources such as Donald C. Willis in 1972 suggested "Franck Wallace" was a joint pseudonym for Mannino and Roman Vlad (the two composers sometimes collaborated and Wallace is a very rough transliteration of Vlad). Even more confusingly, Beat Records released the soundtrack in 2008 and discovered that the surviving tapes in the Nazionalmusic vaults were attributed to Francesco De Masi. So the CD went out credited to De Masi only. De Masi did not work with either of the other two composers, instead being asked at the behest of the director to do a new score, not liking Mannino's effort; what portions thereof are contained in the film, are unknown, as the director seemingly changed his mind again, as Mannino is credited in the film for the score. See more »

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Freda's Follow up The Terror of Dr Hichcock
4 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Ghost was shot back to back with the excellent 'The Terror of Dr Hichcock' and builds on the former film's sense of claustrophobia and intensity. Exterior shots are kept to a bare minimum and the film dwells on the shadowy corners of the house.

Barbara Steele reprises her role as Cynthia, wife to Dr Hichcock and the housekeeper (Harriet White) also appears in both films. However, there are a number of character changes which deny complete consistency with Freda's earlier effort. For a start, there is no reference to Hichcocks perversity and he is seen more as a bitter cripple. Cynthia has also changed from the innocent in the earlier film to a scheming mature women in The Ghost.

Barbara Steele has often been used to embody both good and evil in film (Night of the Doomed, An angel for satan etc). Freda seems to have done this also, but over the course of the two films, perhaps seeing them as companion pieces.

One final point, whilst 'The Terror of Dr Hichcock' was released on a major video label in the UK, 'The Ghost' wasn't. As a result the only print I have seen is somewhat poorly transfered and probably doesn't do Freda's direction any favours.

In any case, this is an interesting piece of work and should be seen if you have any interest in Freda or Barbara Steele.


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